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Eldee Young & Marshall Vente: Step Up To The Mic

Eldee Young & Marshall Vente: Step Up To The Mic

Lasting partnerships are as hard to come by in jazz as they are to explain. The clash of egos and economic considerations tend to prohibit them, and even as one scans the sweep of jazz history, few come to mind: Brubeck and Desmond; Bird and Diz; Stephane and Django; Thad and Mel, et al. One such partnership has flourished in Chicago jazz for over 15 years in Young and Vente, and this new CD is their best display to date.

Green Mill Quartet

The Green Mill Quartet has had a revolving membership over the years and can be heard on Saturday early mornings, beginning at midnight, at the Chicago club of the same name.

Jo Belle: Sessions...with friends

Jo Belle: Sessions...with friends

Before her marriage and move to Las Vegas, Jo Belle was Chicago's loved diva among the jingle, jazz and Andy's crowd. She sounds great in any and every musical situation, has the necessary charm, soul, perfect intonation and can sell the lyrics of the song.

Bob Dogan: Salishan

Bob Dogan: Salishan

Bradley Parker-Sparrow & Joanie Pallatto: We Are Not Machines

Bradley Parker-Sparrow & Joanie Pallatto: We Are Not Machines

Sparrow and Joanie Pallatto, owners of Southport Records, have been supporting Chicago artists most of their professional life. Their label has released over 100 projects of Chicago jazzers over the last 23 years and their studio is always in demand for creative projects.

Mark Colby: Tenor Reference

Mark Colby: Tenor Reference

Mark Colby is simply one of finest tenor soloists working today. He has paid his dues with Maynard, Gerry Mulligan, Jaco, Bob James, Charlie Haden, Mose Allison and even Frank Sinatra. Every major city has a tenor soloist or perhaps a few, Chicago has Mark Colby. On this recording, named after Colby's teenage goal—play a Selmer Mark VI tenor sax—the focus is on the of the basics of jazz: high level solos and quartet interplay.

Luiz Ewerling and A Cor Do Brasil: Our Earth

Luiz Ewerling and A Cor Do Brasil: Our Earth

Clyde "Lightening" George: Lightening Strikes the Heartland

Clyde "Lightening" George: Lightening Strikes the Heartland

Clyde "Lightening" George is a pan player and percussionist, a steel drum virtuoso from Trinidad who has been working in Chicago for over 20 years. His nickname comes from his formative years practicing in Trinidad, to describe his chops—or, ability to get around the pan quickly.

Judy Roberts and Jackie Allen: Autumn Leaves

Judy Roberts and Jackie Allen: Autumn Leaves

Aoki/Hunsinger/Jarman: Trio

Aoki/Hunsinger/Jarman: Trio

What do Robbie Hunsinger, a classically trained musician, Joseph Jarman, a founding member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and Tatsu Aoki, a bassist raised in Japan, have in common? Well, they share a taste for Eastern music that they acquired following different paths and that they convey to us on this demanding album. This is also the magic of improvised music, to unite artists from different backgrounds with the hope that they can communicate at a high level and produce some great music.

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